Items Tagged with 'Fair housing'


  • Civil rights, housing, community development groups slam HUD’s fair housing rule delay

    Call on HUD to reinstate Affirmatively Further Fair Housing rule
    In the wake of the Trump administration moving to delay an Obama-era fair housing rule, prominent Democrats, like former HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Rep. Maxine Waters, spoke out against the move. And they’re not the only ones who don’t support the Trump administration’s decision to delay the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.
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  • Trump administration delays Obama fair housing rule, Castro says move “guts” rule

    Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule delayed
    Earlier this year, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said that HUD will look to “reinterpret” a controversial fair housing rule issued by the Obama administration in 2015. Now, in a move that prominent Democrats and fair housing experts are calling disastrous, HUD plans to announce Friday that it is delaying the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule by one year.
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  • Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Senate passes major tax reform that impacts every mortgage facet

    Real estate, lending, servicing and secondary markets will all change
    Tax reform. Tax reform. Tax reform. The big issue facing housing and mortgage finance, by far, is tax reform. The Senate passed its major tax reform Friday night, and now the two parties will need to come to a consensus on which tax bill they will send to the president's desk. For now there is no consensus, or clear guidance, on what tax reform will entail.
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  • HUD Secretary Carson: 11 million American households remain “severely burdened”

    More than 50% of income goes to housing
    HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced 11 million American families are severely burdened as they pay over half their income to housing each month. What's more, a half million families don’t have any home at all, and 40,000 veterans remain homeless. Here’s what his department plans to do to reduce those numbers.
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  • National Fair Housing Alliance settles race discrimination case with Mississippi real estate agents

    Accused Jackson agents of discriminating against minorities
    The National Fair Housing Alliance announced this week that it reached a settlement with a group of Jackson, Mississippi real estate agents over allegations that the agents discriminated against homebuyers. The NFHA said that an investigation found that when “potential White homebuyers sought housing in integrated and predominantly African American neighborhoods, they were steered away.”
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  • California landlords settle over alleged fair housing violation

    Agreed to pay total of $72,000
    California landlords agreed to pay a former tenant and the Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California a combined $72,000 over fair housing discrimination allegations. The fair housing group alleged that the woman, who lived at the property for more than 15 years, was discriminated against due to the presence of her service animal.
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  • HUD dedicates $38 million to fight housing discrimination

    FHFA Director Mel Watt explains need for fair housing
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it will provide $38 million in grants this year to fight housing discrimination. In a speech Tuesday night, FHFA Director Mel Watt explained the grave consequences to homeownership when fair housing initiatives are not followed.
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  • Carson says HUD will “reinterpret” Obama fair housing rule after Republicans ask for repeal

    What will become of the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing rule?
    Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said in an interview this week that HUD will look to “reinterpret” a controversial fair housing rule issued by the Obama administration in 2015. Carson’s statement comes just days after nearly 20 Congressional Republicans asked Carson to repeal the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule entirely.
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  • Senate to consider bill prohibiting housing discrimination against LGBT people

    Would expand Fair Housing Act to cover gender identity and sexual orientation
    Currently, the federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability, but that could soon change thanks to a newly introduced bill backed by several prominent Senate Democrats. The bill, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017, would expand the Fair Housing Act to cover gender identity and sexual orientation as protected classes.
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